That the visitors folded by Saturday itself might have been a blessing in disguise for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which had apparently budgeted for a three-day Test - according to ESPNcricinfo's George Dobell.
Cook's 10-hour knock led the hosts to a first-innings total of 514 for eight declared and James Anderson dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for nought before the tourists battled to 44 for one in reply. We can't drop our heads.
This was the latest in a long line of inept Test displays outside the Caribbean by the reigning World Twenty20 champions.
Of course, it is not just opening bowlers who combine to devastating effect and there is no more concrete evidence of that than the partnership between Shane Warne (708 Test wickets) and Glenn McGrath (563 Test wickets) in Australia's all-conquering side of the mid-to-late '90s to the mid-2000s.
Despite his advancing years, Anderson's form this summer has been stunning, following up his 20 wickets at 14.10 during England's 3-1 series win against South Africa with another five at Edgbaston.
"That inspires young kids so it is very special to be stood by him now and also up there in the rankings with him".
After Joe Root's side complete the three-match series against West Indies, they travel to Australia this winter where they will be tasked with attempting to retain the Ashes won back in 2015.
More and more of the fans continued to swarm over to the boundary, and chanted at the steward in an attempt to get him to relinquish control of the beach ball, which he'd placed under his seat.
RE THE WEST INDIES now the worst Test cricket team in memory?
By then, the Windies had managed just 200 runs for the loss of 13 wickets in the day. "I still feel like I've got quite a lot of cricket left in me", he said. "But obviously, I have the hunger to go further than that". "It's one of those teams at that moment that feels like someone different is stepping up each day, which is really exciting", Broad quipped when asked if he would love to play the 2019 Ashes.
West Indies are the reigning World Twenty20 champions and there are fears that Test cricket may never regain the pride of place it once enjoyed in the region. This series looks like it might be completely one-sided too. Well, at least - flippancy alert! - they can't be accused of having no hope - make that Hope with a capital H. Two brothers by that name, Kyle and Shai, were part of the team that were slaughtered by an innings and 209 by England under lights at Birmingham last weekend.
But that doesn't detract from our fourth Test win of the summer.
But Johnny Grave, the English chief executive of CWI, who was among the crowd at Edgbaston, insisted he was not relying on a change of luck to spark a revival.
It is Broad and Anderson who must carry the wicket-taking responsibilities in the middle these days, though.
As for Murali, his unorthodox action may have proven controversial at times during his career, but no one could deny his skill as a bowler.
Here's hoping they can: there is no pleasure seeing them humiliated to that extent, and nor do we here in Australia need to see the Poms allowed the luxury of honing their confidence levels for free.